Does anyone here use one? What do you think?
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Does anyone here use one? What do you think?
Hi Adrian - good to see you back here again.
I bought one ages ago and in the end found it awkward. Mainly because trying to use it down low as I wanted - it kept riding up!!! So - it was comfortable in itself but not with it's changing position.
Mine was black - but must say if it was skin toned then I'd try it as some folks do as a chest band. I think that could work well. I guess the black would be OK under a real dark shirt but nothing light in color.
fed_wif_a_sig is a great exponent of the UC Comfort BTW - this was a page on it a while back
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Theyy work well with lighter guns like my 442...I weat mine when I don't feel like putting on a belt and they are great for sweat pants....if you wear a shirt out, you can even wear it over your pants....mostly I use mine for quick trips....
I would be using it with my 642 which should be comfy.
I used one for a while but only until I found a real holster that I liked.
There is a use for belly bands but I didn't care for the one I had.
I have a galco belly band. I like it when I wear it but to be honest I don't wear it often now because I really prefer OWB to IWB carry. I am going to try to wear it more this summer when OWB is more difficult.
I ordinarily wear an IWB in appendix position, but wear a bellyband occasionally. When I wear a bellyband, I also wear a ladies' tube top underneath it -- the tube top is exactly the right size & shape to cushion my skin from the itchy corners.
Ordinarily I just position the bellyband to put the gun right into the usual spot where I would be carrying it via IWB (eg, in the appendix position). Sometimes I position it higher on the torso and up under my left arm, as if I were wearing a shoulder holster.
With a female body shape I've got another option not open to guys: I occasionally position the bellyband to carry the gun centered in the area just beneath my bosom. This works surprisingly well but you do have to have some cleavage, a blousy shirt, and a relatively flat stomach to carry it off.
Generally speaking I really love the bellyband. My biggest difficulty with it has been fighting the temptation to position the gun in places where it would be difficult or impossible to get to in a hurry. I really recommend anyone who uses such a non-standard gun toting method practice for a bit with an unloaded gun and the exact outfit they will be wearing, to be completely certain they can get to the gun if they need it.
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I have one of the old Bianchi Ranger bellybands. I've used it maybe three or four times; usually if I wore sweatpants. I never really warmed up to it. I prefer using a quality IWB or OWB holster. I detest (but still sometimes use) a fanny pack; I'd prefer to use a bellyband than a fanny pack frankly.
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I wear the Ace Case bellyband holster with all my main carry guns, and I wear it low around the hips with the gun positioned at the 4-5 o'clock area, under my jeans. It is positioned where a gun would be carried IWB. Comfy, easy to conceal, easy to draw from. Since I'm curvy and the band is a wide tube, I wear it in more of a cone shape and cut off the excess velcro so it doesn't bite, and I resewed the edges.
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The only time I wear a bellyband is when I go to a wedding with a suit on. I know that I could conceal a weapon in an OWB holster by simply keeping my suit jacket on. However, my wife being the cold blooded person that she is, always needs to wear my jacket once we get inside the hall. So I wear a belly bend under my button down shirt. Should I need to draw in a hurry, then I will be needing a new shirt.
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